Plymouth businesses challenged to stick their oar in

By WILLIAM TELFORD, Business Editor

 IT’S the corporate challenge for 2015 – rowing around Plymouth Sound and the River Tamar.

A Plymouth rowing club formed to promote the sport wants business folk interested in exercise to grab an oar.

The Mayflower Offshore Rowing Club, based at Richmond Walk, near Stonehouse Bridge, is offering a free taster session and is targeting corporate members alongside regular participants, who can be of any age or ability.

During the Christmas break the organisation held a festive row to raise cash for children’s charity CHICKS, which provides respite breaks for disadvantaged youngsters, those who have lost parents, or who are full-time carers for adults.

The club organises annual events and takes part in regional regattas.

Gail Taylor, the club’s women’s captain, said: “I’ve been rowing for six years and its the best form of all-round exercise I’ve ever done.

“We have people rowing from 15 to 80 years of age, and with disabilities.”
Ania Wieczorek, director of sales for EU programmes at Plymouth’s Tellus Group, said: “I joined the club this year and love the team spirit, and especially rowing in all weathers.

“I’m proud we’re holding a festive row for CHICKS, looking to raise over £200.”

Josh O’Brien, at 15 the youngest member of the club, added: “I get to meet people of all ages and genders. Rowing is a great British sport that keeps me fit.”

Jeff Keast, men’s captain, said: “We’re organising an open day when anybody wanting to have a look at what offshore rowing is about can have a free taster session.”

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